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AREA OF STUDY: SPECIAL EVENTS GCSE MUSIC FOR AQA SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC CAN BE: From the past From the present International / National Local Celebrating something- birth, wedding, competition Commemorating something- life of someone, memorial SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC IS COMPOSED FOR:

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AREA OF STUDY:SPECIAL EVENTS

GCSE MUSIC FOR AQA


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SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC CAN BE:

  • From the past

  • From the present

  • International / National

  • Local

  • Celebrating something- birth, wedding, competition

  • Commemorating something- life of someone, memorial


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SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC IS COMPOSED FOR:

  • Something in particular

  • For an audience to respond to positively

  • Events such as:

  • Coronations / Royal events

  • Weddings / Funerals

  • Openings of Parliament

  • Political , Aristocratic and Celebrity charity events

  • Sports events – Commonwealth games / Olympics / Rugby, Football, Cricket events

  • Pop gatherings for world fund raising


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BACKGROUND TO SPECIAL EVENT COMPOSERS

  • Composers depend on people to pay them to write music for specific events

  • By the 18th century, composers were commissioned by PATRONS - Monarchs, Aristocrats, Church leaders & Politicians

  • Patrons can afford the expense to compose music for a specific event


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10 SPECIAL EVENTS FOR GCSE MUSIC ARE:

  • Idyll

  • Masque

  • Anthem

  • Fanfare

  • Ode

  • Oratorio

  • Overture

  • Pop anthem

  • Opera

  • Funeral music


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Idyll

  • Greek = “Little picture”

  • Describes a peaceful pastoral scene

  • Sung in verses

  • Invented by Wagner

  • Contains Leitmotiefs – a memorable idea representing a character


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Masque

  • 17th century opera for state occasions

  • Lavish vocals, instruments, costumes,dancing,scenery and acting

  • Melodic accents correspond with spoken accents in English


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Anthem

  • Piece of Choral music with a Biblical text

  • Sung at every British Coronations of a Monarch

  • Composers are Handel and Elgar

  • Famous Anthem = Pomp and circumstance marches


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Fanfare

  • Ceremonial brass music

  • Announces monarchs

  • Patriotic fanfares are to welcome troops back from war; have percussion band alongside the brass instruments

  • 2000 = fanfare to open the Millennium bridge across the Thames river; included a vocal chorus


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Ode

  • Piece of poetry

  • Praises someone of importance

  • Set to ceremonial music

  • Simple or emotional odes

  • Instruments = strings, woodwind,

    harpsichord, harp, recorders


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Overture

  • Music written at the beginning of opera, play, dance, suite, symphony

  • 1st overture was written by Beethoven in 1811


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Oratorio

  • Has a sacred subject

  • Performed in concert by soloists, ensembles and choruses

  • Also instrumental ensembles

  • 1st oratorio written in 1600


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Pop Anthem

  • Raising world awareness of specific issues like:

  • Famine

  • Aids

  • Olympics

  • World cup Rugby / Football / Cricket ashes

  • 1st pop anthem was in 1985 with Sir Bob Geldoff and Live Aid

  • Used as a means of raising funds for charity organisations


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Opera

  • Dramatic fusion of words, music, dancing and acting

  • Birthplace is Italy in the 17th century

  • 1st Opera is Euridice

  • Written for a royal wedding


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Funeral music

  • Music for any persons’ funeral

  • Famous royal funeral music for Princess Dianna of Wales :

  • Elton John- Goodbye England’s rose


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